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Now that the dust surrounding iOS 7 and the new Mac Pro is finally starting to settle, the Apple rumor mill is starting to turn its attention to other subjects--most notably, the so-called "budget" iPhone. With the recent posting of a video to YouTube by Michael Kukielka of DetroitBORG (as reported by MacRumors), those rumors are starting to assume physical form.
In the video, Kukielka takes what he claims is the actual shell for the low-cost iPhone and places it next to several previous iPhone models, revealing that the budget phone may have roughly the same dimensions as the current iPhone 5. Indeed, earlier today, Cult of Mac passed along speculation by CE: The Magazine that the budget phone may amount to little more than an iPhone 5 with a plastic backing.
The shell Kukielka handles in the video is white, although we've previously covered another rumor that alleges the phones will come in a variety of colors, including navy blue, gold, gray, pink, green, blue, yellow, and orange. It's also slightly thicker than the existing iPhone 5 shell, well in line with supposedly leaked designs that suggest the dimensions sit at around 8.5 mm thick, 124.4 mm tall, and 59.2 mm wide.
As a reminder, most commentators believe the low-cost iPhone is primarily intended for countries overseas, such as India, where Apple's popular smartphone has yet to secure as steady of a foothold as devices carrying Google's rival Android system. It's expected to sell for around $300-$500, and MacRumors relates that carrier subsidies could bring that price down to around $99 where such subsidies are offered.
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